Friday March 14, 2014

"TBS has cast the leads for its adaptation of Israeli comedy Your Family or Mine.  My Boys alum Kyle Howard will return to the network and topline its comedy pilot opposite 'Til Death's Kat Foster, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Danny Comden and Andrew Lees have also boarded the pilot in recurring roles.

"Family, written by Ground Floor co-creator andFriends alum Greg Malins, centers on young married couple Oliver (Howard) and Kelli (Foster), who are living proof of the adage, 'When you marry someone, you don't just marry them, you marry their whole family.' The series will alternate episodes, focusing on Oliver and Kelli's respective families.

"Howard's Oliver is a happily married father of two described as geeky attractive who is prone to panic and is a gadget freak. Foster's Kelli is cute with a quick wit.  Comden (I'm With Her) will recur as Jason, the middle son in the family who is a cardiologist and married to Claire, who stands uncomfortably but gracefully in his shadow. Lees (Rescue Special Ops) is Blake, the youngest of the three sons of Ricky and Louis. He's catnip to women but never flaunts it."  In, for a myriad of reasons.

FX has at long last set a premiere date for Season 4 of Louie. The Emmy-nominated comedy from Louis C.K. will premiere on May 5.

"After Season 3 ended, C.K. asked FX for some extra time between seasons to recharge his creative batteries -- he writes, directs and edits every episode in addition to starring -- while targeting a spring 2014 return date. It seems to have worked, because while FX ordered 13 episodes for the season, he delivered 14.

"'Louis said he needed extra time between seasons three and four of his show because -- even though Louie was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America -- he needed to make it even better,' FX Networks CEO John Landgraf says. 'Based on the first three episodes we've seen, remarkably, he accomplished his goal.'"

"The premiere of Season 4 will come 19 months after the end of Season 3 (and will also make it under the wire to be eligible for this year's Emmys). FX plans to air back-to-back episodes Mondays at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT for seven weeks."

"Showtime has picked up its first drama pilot of the year.The premium cable network has ordered Billions, from Squawk Box's Andrew Ross Sorkin, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"Billions is a fictional drama that focuses on the collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country. Sorkin, Koppelman and Levien will all pen the script for the drama that is being produced in-house."

On the heels of yesterday's mini-predictions on what shows might get renewed and what shows might get jettisoned, "CBS renewed 18 shows, including another season of Two and a Half Men as well as the new sitcoms Mom and The Millers.

"Other comedies that are coming back for another season are 2 Broke Girlsand Mike & Molly. (A new three-year deal for The Big Bang Theory  was announced yesterday). A total of nine dramas were renewed: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, CSI; Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, Elementary and The Good Wife. CBS also picked up another season each of The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss, as well as more60 Minutes.

"Two more cycles of Survivor had already been announced."  

Shows on the bubble are The Crazy Ones (which will hopefully be canceled), The Mentalist and Intelligence.  Mom has no business still being on the air.  I'm only happy that The Millers was renewed because it ensures that Cochran will continue to have his dream job.  And shouldn't it just be Two Men now that Jake has absolutely no role whatsoever on that show?

Per EW, "John Cho (Star Trek Into Darkness, Harold & Kumar franchise) has been cast as the male lead in ABC’s half-hour comedy pilot Selfie.

"Cho will play Henry, a self-assured, successful marketing expert who is 'a different breed from today’s social media–addicted society.' As a challenge, he decides to “re-market” his coworker Eliza (Karen Gillan), a social media star with a bad reputation.

"Selfie is from executive producer/writer Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory). The comedy, inspired by My Fair Lady, is described as 'the story of a self-obsessed 20-something woman who is more concerned with "likes" than being liked. After suffering a very public and humiliating breakup, she becomes the subject of a viral video and suddenly has more social media followers than she ever imagined — but for all the wrong reasons. She enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image.'”

John Mayer's take on Juan Pablo.  He put a lot of thought into it.

An interview with Bill Lawrence, who created Scrubs, Cougar Town, etc.  I'm in for his new show Undatable starring Chris D'elia and premiering on NBC "soon."

Recently announced Men of the Strip (which will air on E!) follows the making of a Sin City all-male revue, from auditions to dance training. The 90-minute docu-soap debuts Monday, May 26 at 8p.  Gross.

E!'s really churning out gems as they announced that they're moving that stupid Erick Decker and wife show to NY now that he's a member of the Jets.  

Per Deadline "Geoff Stults has booked the main lead in CBS’ multi-camera odd couple comedy pilot Cuz-Bros, from writers David Caspe and Erik Sommers, Sony TV, CBS Studios and Fanfare. It centers on Nick (Stults), a successful, suave ladies man working as a sportscaster for a local Los Angeles TV station whose perfect life gets turned upside down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay."  This can't bode well for Enlisted.

Robert Kirkman previews Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead.

And here are the pairings for next week's battle rounds on The Voice.